5 Ways to Score a Game of Badminton

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5 Ways to Score a Game of Badminton
Some people play badminton for a team organisation. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

For some, a game of badminton is between a group or friends or family. For others, it is played through an organisation in a more professional manner. No matter how you choose to play, the aim of players remains the same: winning. To win a game of badminton, the players must first pick a method of scoring.

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21 Points

One of the newer scoring methods used in badminton is 21-point games. This scoring system is played more commonly among men's singles and doubles. Some teams choose to play three-game matches, while others only play one game. In this scoring system, the first player or team to score 21 points wins. However, if the two players or teams are tied at 20 points, the player or team that achieved 20 points first must decide whether to play to 21 or to 23 instead.

15 Points

In the history of badminton, games played to 15 points are more common. Men and doubles most commonly use this type of scoring method. For this method, three games up to 15 points are usually played. The first player or team to reach 15 points is deemed the winner. However, if the players or teams tie at 14 points, the player or team who reached that score first gets to decide whether to stop at 15 points or continue to 17 points.

11 Points

Women's singles teams do not often play as long as doubles or men's singles do. When it is a women's singles match, three games are played up to the score of 11. The first player to reach 11 points is the winner of the game. However, if both players reach 10 points as a tie, the player who scored 10 points first determines if they will play to 11 or 13. Whoever wins two of the three games wins the match.

7 Points

One of the more unusual score systems involves playing five games up to 7 points to determine who is the winner. This type of scoring is used among men's singles matches and doubles matches. The first player or team to score 7 points wins the game. If the two players or teams tie at 6 points before one of them wins, the player or team that scored 6 points first decides to play to 7 or 9. The player or team that wins three of the five games wins.

Recreational Play

If a group of friends or family members choose to play a friendly game in the backyard or at a picnic, the scoring can be arranged as the players see fit. For instance, if the group only has time for a quick game before the food is served, playing one game to a score of 5 or 7 points is appropriate. If more time is available, the group can play several games up to 10 or 15 points. If there are enough players present, playing a tournament is another option.

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